Finishing Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale reminded me of the time I finished reading Orwell’s 1984 in high school. I was sucked into the bleak dystopia and unable to put it down until I reached what I believed would be a bitter end. However, unlike Orwell’s novel, Atwood’s book ends on a hopeful note, reminding you that no empire lasts forever. The focus of the book was on the horrible treatment of women, but I wonder how the children in this world are treated and raised. Another critique I have is about the historical notes section at the end. It seems repetitive and doesn’t offer much, but otherwise the book is still a pleasure to read.
As much as I enjoyed Atwood’s novel, I don’t want to stay much longer in Gilead’s totalitarian state and will continue my reading of Matthew Farrer’s Enforcer trilogy. Next on my list is Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, an anthology of American Fantasy and Science Fiction, plus a collection of Marvel graphic novels featuring the Human Torch, Ares, and Ebenezer Scrooge in a Zombie retelling of a Christmas Carol. I’ve already finished The Torch #1-8 by Alex Ross and Mike Carey and was impressed with the exciting action and intriguing storyline with a super hero I don’t follow very much. I remember watching the BBC Neverwhere miniseries back in the late 90’s and enjoying it, even though much of the context was lost on me as I was in my early teens. I look forward to finally reading Gaiman’s novel now that I’m an adult and wonder how the two will compare.